If you’re not a total techie, the world of smart home technology can sometimes be a little intimidating to navigate. Aptus is here to break it down for you. If you don’t want to have it broken down, stop reading, contact us and we will take care of everything smart for you! Schedule now or read on.
What is Z-Wave?
Z-Wave is a wireless protocol that focuses on connectivity within the smart home. It uses low-energy radio waves to let smart devices communicate with one another. Think that the Z-Wave connectivity range is bigger than that of Bluetooth, but smaller than that of Wi-Fi.
How is Z-Wave connectivity different than Wi-Fi?
With Wi-Fi, everything has to be connected to a central hub—like a router. Z-Wave connectivity, on the other hand, forms a mesh network. This means that all the Z-Wave devices link up together.
Usually, there will be one central hub that connects to the internet, but all the devices themselves don’t have Wi-Fi capabilities; instead, they use Z-Wave connectivity to talk to each other and to the central hub.
You can connect up to 232 smart devices to the network.
What does Z-Wave mean for your smart home?
Z-Wave connectivity means that you can easily build a smart home that is customized specifically for your needs.
All Z-wave devices (of which there are over 24,000) are completely interoperable with one another—no exceptions. This means you have the flexibility to create a smart home network unique for your lifestyle.
New Z-Wave has a range of 100 meters for point-to-point contact, so you can outfit your home with smart devices, both inside and out. And, because this new platform operates on such low power, some sensors will be able to run for 10 years on a single battery.